Former Matildas boss Tom Sermanni is hopeful – however not overly assured – that the Cup of Nations can start to heal among the reputational harm sustained by girls’s soccer in Australia from the ugly sacking of Alen Stajcic.
Affectionately identified by some because the ‘godfather’ of the ladies’s sport in Australia, Sermanni is lately coach of New Zealand, who face the Matildas in Thursday’s event opener at Leichhardt Oval.
Sermanni coached the Matildas for 10 years throughout two totally different stints within the job and continues to be based mostly in Sydney, travelling throughout the ditch when required. He’s a detailed pal and ally of Stajcic, who was axed final month by Soccer Federation Australia, and was important on the time of the governing physique’s lack of transparency in making the choice.
“Having a fairly large stake within the girls’s sport in Australia and nonetheless very a lot an enormous curiosity, and a reference to gamers and folks within the sport, from the surface it has been a really disappointing chapter on many fronts,” Sermanni instructed the Herald.